Bach Flower Essence therapy has been used in humans since the early 1930’s to address emotional and mental disorders. A renowned Harley Street Physician known as Dr Edward Bach discovered the essences.

At Prahran Toorak Veterinary Hospital Dr Nicole Hoskin and Dr Carl Muller offer Bach Flower Essences as an adjunct to conventional veterinary medical practices if deemed appropriate.

The essences balance the psycho-emotional state and may be applied to animals suffering emotional or behavioural disorders, which in turn can cause physical disease. Each individual patient is treated as unique.

In this modality, the correction of emotional or mental dysfunction can help heal physical ailments.

Bach Flower Essences are not considered homeopathic, herbal or aromatic formulations. They are decoctions from English wild plants, bushes and trees. The 38 remedies are a gentle non-toxic, non-invasive means of alleviating the emotional stresses of animal patients.

The personality traits of the animal are matched with remedies. They are quite specific, and details need to be known of the animal’s history, behaviour and physical condition. Remedies may need to be changed from time to time, depending on the response to therapy.

Remedies are best administered orally, but may be added to drinking water if a patient proves difficult to dose. They can also be massaged into the skin or rubbed onto the ears. Dosage is 3 drops 1-4 times daily.

Rescue Remedy is a composite of a number of essences. It can be used externally in compresses to bathe sores or as a cream, as well as internally. Used as a first aid or in emergencies such as colic, seizures, trauma, heat stress, fright, fear of thunderstorms, mild illnesses, fear or worry, mental turmoil, and while seeking medical attention.

We strongly recommend that you seek advice from a veterinarian trained in the use of these remedies if you wish to use them, especially if your pet is showing signs of emotional or behavioural disorders. Other therapies may need to be used in the treatment of these conditions, for example – retraining techniques, behavioural modification and anxiety reducing strategies.